Mr. Ralph R. Tatum

Mr. Ralph R. Tatum, 88, of Spotsylvania County died Wednesday, Jan. 29, after a long-fought battle with cancer.

Born in Stuart VA, he had retired as the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel for Spotsylvania County public schools. He was an educator for 32 years in the state of Virginia. Ralph was a member of Shiloh (New Site) Baptist Church, where he was active in the Men’s Ministry and was a trustee. Ralph was a member of the Spotsylvania County Afro American Teacher’s Association. He was a founding member of the Twenty Gentlemen Club and was also a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity.

Survivors include his son, Ralph Eric Tatum of Columbia SC; a daughter and son-in-law, Juana and Keith Thornton of Manassas VA; one sister, Lucille Hill of Martinsville VA, and five grandsons.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Shiloh (New Site) Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony A. Parrish Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
There will be a wake from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society; 4240 Park Place Ct. Glen Allen, VA 23060.

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